The 366th Day

The book has a page for February 29th, but since we don’t have one this year, and each theme tackles a new month, I’ll do it today. Tomorrow, double post for the month of March.

You Can’t Always (Be) Get(ting) What You Want

“When children stick their hand down a narrow goody jar they can’t get their fist out and start crying. Drop a few treats and you will get it out! Curb your desire – don’t set your heart on so many things and you will get what you need.” – Epictetus, Discourses, 3.9.22

A reminder that in my continued search for balance, wanting a bit of everything implies that I need to accept I can’t have everything.

At the very least, I can’t have everything now.

Vertical periodization (à la Charlie Francis) of life? Could that be a solution?


On the subject of complexity, emergence, the dangers of over-reductionism : How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners. Props to the Nigerian Hulk for this one.

I now know the brachial plexus. Sure, it was a good representation the way that a smiley face is similar to the Mona Lisa, but it’s a start.

Talking to Iron Dan, we both came to the conclusion that it takes around 6 weeks (at least!) to truly get comfortable in an internship. This means getting into the rhythm of the work you’re doing, developing the professional relationships needed, and incubate enough new information to start creating your own unique thoughts. This contrasts with the various people he’s met that feel that more than one month is too long. To be fair, financials can understandably get in the way, but from a self-improvement perspective, it’s not even the minimum!

Also with Lord Dan, a quick thought : if you’ve only freshly taken a course, read a book, or learned a technique, you are not qualified to teach it to other professionals yet. Ugh. On that note, screw certifications.

Contrast baths feel good. Definitely a luxury I’ll miss once I go home.

That and the free whey protein. And free electrolyte drinks. I can deal without the teenaged soccer teams all over, doing their best to sing Migos and forcing the playlist to be PG.

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